A pub? In one of the oldest buildings in Hull? Whatever shall we call it?
We all like a pub with a bit of history, so how about one housed in a building that dates from the 13th century? One of the nicest things about the seemingly endless beer and pub explosion in Hull is that some lovely old buildings in the town centre are being sympathetically refurbished into cracking little boozers and Scale Lane’s Old House – as the pub has been aptly called – is the latest. It’s in the oldest domestic building in Hull, in fact it’s the only building still extant from a time when the street would have looked much like The Shambles in York.
Over the centuries Old House has been a private home, a tobacconists, a confectioners, a tailor’s shop, a teashop, a curry house and a fish restaurant. Lee Kirman, who recently oversaw the successful revitalisation of the Minerva on the Pierhead, is behind Old House and has turned it onto a simple, small, cosy wood-beamed, beer-haven bolt-hole. A considerate renovation (the electrics and heating had to re-done) has returned the building to something approaching ye olde days, but with a distinctly modern edge.
There are only two rooms (one upstairs, one down) and either would only hold about 30 people, but every inch has been utilised well so there is the slight feeling of a European bistro. This is enhanced by the presence of moules and frites on the menu, and there are also a range of burgers, chilli, sausage and mash and the inevitable pulled pork in varying guises. The mid-week schooner of craft beer and a burger for £7.95 is a good option.
Old House is between existing Scale Lane real ale havens Wm Hawkes and Lion & Key and while there isn’t the vast array of options available in either of those, the pub still holds it’s own on the booze front. There are several cask ales on offer as well as some good wines and a wide selection of gins, vodkas and (unusually) rums.
Tel: 01482 210253
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